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Babies died due to sheer negligence

The editorial “Who will hear babies’ cries?” (Feb 2) was timely. The nation was really shocked after the tragedy struck Patiala’s old and famous Rajindra Hospital. This is the height of negligence on the part of our administrative machinery. In fact, the authorities act only after unfortunate incidents happen. Thereafter, they order a probe, give compensation and then forget about it. Tragic incidents like the one at Patiala are man-made and frequent. Rather, negligence has become a way of life in all spheres of life and the government couldn’t care less.

Unmanned open manholes, loose electric wires, choked drains, unsafe buildings and bridges pose a serious threat to the citizens across the country. Besides, there are broken roads, uncovered trenches, non-functional streetlights and unmanned railway crossings that add to the woes of the common man.

The recent survey conducted by The Tribune should have served as a warning. But unfortunately who cares? The government alone is responsible for all these tragic incidents. The resignation of Mr Tikshan Sood, Minister for Medical Education, Punjab, was just a gimmick. Actually, since the government has virtually failed in overall governance in the state, the Chief Minister should resign.

S K Khosla, Chandigarh.


What happened in the Patiala hospital was shocking. The infants were placed in incubators. Sadly, due to human negligence and electrical short circuit, these turned out to be incinerators. As a result, the babies were burnt alive. It is really traumatising to learn that a government hospital of such a high repute can be so unreliable and irresponsible.

Had the hospital authorities and the government taken care, this unfortunate incident would not have taken place. It is because of these incidents that people prefer private hospitals over government hospitals.



It is really shocking that five infants lost their lives in Rajindra Government Hospital, Patiala. The incident happened due to the negligence of the hospital authorities. The concerned minister submitted his resignation, but it was nothing more than a drama.

The government has not been able to improve the conditions of the hospitals in the state even after receiving World Bank aid. Many qualified and experienced doctors have left these hospitals due to political interference.

KARAN, Chandigarh 

Tariff plea

Sarbjit Dhaliwal’s article, “Uncertain legal status of PSEB: Tariff revision plea ignored” (Jan 29) was revealing. Actually, the Punjab State Electricity Board has fallen into a trap of its own making by delaying the filing of its annual revenue requirement and tariff petition.

As per the PSERC regulation, the petition was to have been filed by November 30, 2008. Had the PSEB filed its petition around mid-November, with permission from the Central Government, valid up to November 30, the crisis could have been avoided.                                        

As a result of delay by the PSEB in filing its tariff petition and the consequent legal complications as stated by Mr Dhaliwal, there is no chance of finalising the tariff order by March 31, 2009.

As the present tariff order would be operational only up to March 31, there would be a vacuum after that. The larger issue remains that the PSERC regulations have a statutory authority, which the PSEB has flouted by failing to file the tariff petition on time.

PADAMJIT SINGH, Former Chief Engineer, PSEB, Patiala

Padma awards

There is much resentment over Padma awards as our Olympic heroes —wrestler Sushil Kumar and boxer Vijender Singh — have been ignored. Even ace shooter Abhinav Bindra has expressed indignation over this lapse. Why these medallists were ignored must be investigated.

J K MAGO, Panchkula

Withered state

The article “Is Indian state withering?” (Jan 14) by Sarbjit Dhaliwal was excellent. Indeed, there are indications of withering of the Indian state. The most important point is the growing distrust of the people in Indian politicians.

The people are right in thinking that we have arrived at the same point after 60 years of Independence from where we started.

The candidates contesting elections must be under the strict vigilance of the Election Commission and only men and women of integrity and honesty should be allowed to lead the nation.

DR A S MANN, Sangrur

Create traffic awareness

In the present day’s context, when vehicles, both two-wheelers and four- wheelers, are becoming affordable, there has been a substantial increase in the traffic density everywhere in the country. This has, unfortunately and regrettably, added to the number of road accidents that take place every day. It is indeed a matter of concern for the police and traffic authorities as also for the public at large.

There is an urgent requirement to frame stringent laws to prevent accidents as also to minimise casualties. Besides, public awareness programmes on driving and road safety should be organised by the police and local authorities on a regular basis. Wherever possible, roads should be widened and flyovers constructed. First-aid kits should be made available at maximum number of probable accident sites.

Good Samaritans, who help out at the time of accidents should be provided legal protection and should not be harassed. In fact, such well-meaning citizens should be rewarded and encouraged, so that timely medical aid is provided to victims. There is an urgent need to control the speed of vehicles by way of surprise checks. Stringent action must be initiated against the defaulters. Drunken driving must be prevented through deterrent punishment.

M L BATURA, Karnal



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